“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine” is a poetic line of Eduardo Galeano, a famous writer and journalist inspired by the Cuban revolution. Wine rarely fails to be an inspiration to many, including Alyeska’s Seven Glaciers Restaurant. The current wine collection boasts approx. 7,000 bottles of wine in 665 variations. Considering the restaurant’s tender attention to this luxury, it is not surprising that yet another wine-related award has been nailed to its walls.
The Alyeska Resort has been receiving the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year since 1996. This year, yet again, Seven Glaciers has risen to the more superior category of the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. This award is given to less than 1% of restaurants in the United States. This is the 6th year in a row that Seven Glaciers has been granted this honor. The restaurants included in this short list are hailed from all 50 states and 75 different countries.
The following is an interview, conducted after the award was announced, from the Food and Beverage Director of the Alyeska Resort, Jason Porter. He has been with Alyeska Resort for over a decade. Porter is the Executive Chef of the hotel and resort, overseeing all of the restaurants and working with each chef to create Alyeska’s exceptional cuisine.
- Wine Spectator is all about destinations that are dedicated to wine. Why does Alyeska Resort put so much emphasis on wine?
We too are fans of fine wine. We want to be a destination that we ourselves would seek out and enjoy. The wine and food need to match the breathtaking beauty of the Girdwood valley.
- How does Sever Glaciers dedication to wine enhance guest experience?
Adding another level of quality is always our goal. So much enjoyment comes from well-made wine, it nourishes the soul. Pair any fine wine with this Glacier Valley after a Winner Creek hike or a ski down the North Face and you have an amazing experience.
- What should people know about Alyeska Resort, and our wine dedication, that they might not know?
We love Champagne. Bubbles aren’t just for special occasions around here. Our list provides our guests with options for varying budgets and taste. The same is true for our entire list.
- What is your favorite wine at the Alyeska Resort right now and why? What is your favorite thing to pair it with?
The beauty of a diverse list is that I don’t have to choose one favorite. Mood, weather, and food depict what my favorite will be on any given day. We can have 80 degrees one day and 40 the next; that changes your thirst a bit. Overall though, I am currently really enjoying the Italian wines. The culture is rooted in eating and drinking together, and the wines are so incredibly food friendly.
- Why do you think wine is important when creating a memorable culinary experience?
Wine and food should complement and lift each other up. You don’t want one stepping on the other’s toes or overshadowing. A great wine can make the food taste even better and great food can make the wine better. We have an incredible culinary team creating stunning locale specific dishes. It seems obvious to want to enhance that even further with a synergetic wine pairing.
- What can our guest expect when they come to Alyeska Resort to be wined & dined, especially, the wined part?
Dedication and heart, plain and simple.
As Alyeska Resort enters its second decade of celebration with Wine Spectator, Seven Glaciers only goal is to maintain and nurture this recognized spirit of excellence. May many bottles of bubbly be popped and many second glasses of wine shared at Seven Glaciers Restaurant in the future. Cheers to feeling immortal on the top of a mountain.